knitting stuff de-cluttered!

Our house looks big, probably because it’s up on a hill, and the old carport and barn are all attached. While it isn’t small, it also isn’t very large (~1700 sq ft), and it is an old house (~1880), with small rooms and little closet space. This leads to issues about where to put certain things, like knitting stuff, especially when the “formal living room” serves as an herbarium/library/lab.

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There’s a fabulous large attic, but we lay extra insulation because 6 inches under the floorboards isn’t enough. So this space is not handy for things you may want frequently. Outside storage (the barn or its loft) isn’t really good for the yarn, or for frequent access.

So it kind of ended up here and there. It was up in the attic before we laid that extra insulation. And then… explosion of stuff everywhere!

(there are a lot of photos here, so I made them small, you can embiggen… the last bunch are crappy quality, sorry)

In the dining area with the computer station and under the phone shelf,
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In the “living room” (serving at this point also as exercise room for the teenage boy),
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Stuff in progress frequently ends up on the dining table, and on the washer (this will likely continue to happen),
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In a cedar lined hope chest, which is still in outside storage,
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Frequently on the floor next to the bed,
knit clutter before (12)

And then there’s the “little room”. This was probably initially the nursery. The main part of the house is 25 feet by 25 feet. I know that downstairs there were originally 4 rooms (now there are 2 long ones), and upstairs before the plumbing went in, it was likely much the same. Our “big” bathroom is less than 5×7 feet, and the little room is about 7×8 (with a door or window on each wall). Most of the yarn ended up here after it moved from the attic.

Before (from the door, clockwise to the attic stairwell):
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The last two photos are at the bottom of the stairwell to the attic.

This past weekend I finally got to it all. It’s been slowly changing, and I’d been hoping to get to Ikea (3+ hours away) to get some fabulous shelves. Since that didn’t seem to be happening, I just went to Lowes and got some open steel shelves, and I think I like them a lot!

Ta-da!
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There’s just empty bags and baskets on the small shelf, and the spinning wheel went on top of it.

But it’s better, no?

Before :(
knit clutter before (13)

After :) !
little room after shelves (5)

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    August 9, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    Much, MUST better!! And those shelves are plenty fabulous. :)

  2. 2

    Melinda Butcher said,

    August 9, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Really nice! Now do mine!

  3. 3

    Mom said,

    August 9, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    You must have inherited your mother’s organizational skills!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXO Mom

  4. 4

    kmkat said,

    August 9, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    Fabulously awesome! Awesomely fabulous! I bet you feel like a million bucks when you walk into that room now. Great job. (I think the metal shelves are probably stronger than anything you might have found at Ikea, plus they are probably deeper front to back, too.)

  5. 5

    Vicki said,

    August 11, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Woohoo! WAY better! ; )

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